Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Peerie This and Peerie That

Remember that kit I bought when I was at Jamieson & Smith's in September? The one I hadn't intended to buy when I entered the shop, but fell in love with the minute I saw the knitted up sample? I started the wee little sweater soon after I got home. I even gave a sneak preview of it in a previous post. Remember this?


It normally wouldn't have taken two months to finish such a small project, but I hit a fairly major roadblock. I ran out of yarn. This meant placing on online order with J&S, then having to wait for the "saviour skein" to arrive. And yes, for those of you who feel the need to ask, I did manage to top up my order with a sweater's worth of yarn to make it worth the shipping fee. :-)

I finished knitting the little jumper a few days ago, which should have meant all was well. Which it was, as long as I didn't look at the wrong side. It looked like someone had thrown the jumper into the food processor. Sorry for the rather blurry picture. I must have been trembling in fear as I looked at all those ends that needed to be woven in.



This is where a responsible person would be telling you they gritted their teeth, got out their darning needle and scissors, and set to work tidying up that unholy mess. I am not such a person. I turned it back to its right side, stuffed it back into the project bag, and promptly cast-on for an "avoidance project." I'm quite happy with the result. Peerie Weerie Booties, from Mary Jane Mucklestone's Fair Isle Style book.


Peerie means small in the Shetland dialect, and although it might not be apparent from the pictures these booties should be just the right size for Lucy to wear this winter. I'm hoping the high tops mean they will stay on her feet better than socks and keep her toes toasty warm.

These were so much fun to knit, and such a great way to use up bit and pieces of leftover yarn from my stash, and there was still that little jumper with all those ends waiting for me...Yes, I cast on for a second pair.


As visions of a third pair were dancing in my head I decided I needed to get a grip. Those ends weren't going to weave themselves in all on their own. I put on last year's Call the Midwife Christmas Special and set to work. I love that show, and figured even the most onerous of tasks would seem easier with it playing in the background.

When I sewed in the last straggling piece of yarn and turned the sweater back to its right side I was every bit as smitten as I had been that wonderful day in Lerwick back in September. This sweater is a size 2, so won't fit Lucy until next year, but that's okay. This will be her first little girl sweater, and I'm fairly certain she will be able to wear it for two winters. I am also fairly certain, given that it's knit with Jamieson & Smith yarn, it will last for many years and be handed down to any future grandchildren.

Knit with a lot of love and maybe a bit of sweat, here is Lucy's Christmas present, the Peerie Bairn Jumper (the kit is available from J&S, but please read my Ravelry notes before ordering, as you will need more of the MC than the pattern calls for).


Here's a closer look.


And the view from the back.


Now I might just go knit a third pair of those Peerie Weerie Booties!

48 comments:

  1. Those are all so cute!! I can't imagine knitting anything that complicated, or weaving in all those ends after all that work! Congratulations on conquering it!
    Ps. I also love Call the Midwife! It has replaced Downton Abbey for me because I called it quits after season 3, when they broke my heart. Unfortunately Jimmy broke my heart too...maybe I need to stop watching these British dramas...

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    1. Thanks Jill! I'm with you on Downton Abbey. I might watch this next season, but the show was ruined for me last year. Be sure to watch the Call the Midwife Christmas special from last year if you haven't already done so. It is my absolute favourite TV show ever.

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  2. There's a Call the Midwife Christmas Special? How did I not know about this? Watching the first season again has gotten me through the first wave of Christmas knitting and I'm looking for appropriate viewing for the final push. Will have to look harder.

    The sweater (and the booties) are absolutely adorable and worth the pain of weaving and tidying.

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    1. Yes, and it is the best show ever! You can get it from the iTunes store. And yes, that sweater was worth the pain of weaving in all those ends. :-)

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  3. Wow, you are so talented. I can't even imagine mastering this kind of detail work. I love everything you made and that really is a sweater to last for generations. Well done, Kristie.

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    1. I am afraid I am a blind follower Jennifer! I have to follow the instructions carefully, and don't ever come up with any designs of my own. But you are very kind to say I'm talented. :-)

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  4. Ruth in Ontario, CanadaDecember 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Er, now that you've sewn in all those ends so neatly, I'm going to throw in my two cents' worth and confess that I would have just tied a few knots to secure the loose ends and clipped 'em off about an inch long. It's not nearly as tidy but it works! I justify this knitterly laziness by noting that it's a technique used by "real" Shetland knitters, as described by Ann Feitelson in her "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting" (the knots are tied when the colours are changed; she even shows a lovely photograph of the inside of a sweater with a little fringe of ends at the beginning of the round). And it's actually better to break the yarn instead of cutting it because the wispy little ends will end up glomming themselves into the knitted fabric after a few wearings and washings. Just saying...

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    1. I actually considered doing just that, Ruth. I worried a bit about the knots coming undone though, especially since it is a sweater for a toddler and will probably see some rough handling. My hope is the woven ends will slightly felt themselves over the years and hold together for many grandchildren. :-)

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  5. Love the sweater it's beautiful and I love the little boots as well.

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    1. Thank you so much! Lucy will have warm feet this winter!

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  6. Love the jumper, love the boots thats one lucky little girl, don't envy all those ends though. I tend to work in the rows as I go, as in knit a section, sew in the ends, then knit a bit more, not quite as tiresome when you get to the end of the project.

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    1. Thanks Sue! Believe it or not, some of the ends had already been woven in before that picture was taken. The sleeves were steeked, and I had to weave in all the ends around the steeked bits before I could sew them up. I think I will take your advice when I knit my Shetland vest and weave as I go. Or maybe do what Ruth suggests and just tie the ends together when I change colours.

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  7. Ahh baby size projects are so fun! They will look gorgeous on Lucy! Downton was even more disappointing for season 4. I'm waiting for the new episodes of Sherlock to air...

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    1. What?! You have already watched Season 4? How did you do that? I'm anxious for the new Sherlock episodes too. But most of all, I can't wait for Season 3 of Call the Midwife. :-)

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  8. The booties are lovely and that jumper is a work of art and done with love. I would have gone pale looking at all those ends!!

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    1. Thank you, Una! I probably was pale when I looked at all those ends. I think on my next Fair Isle project I am going to weave as I go. :-)

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  9. First, love the jumper! Lucy is going to look adorable in that. And the booties are cuties, too. I can understand why you got, er, addicted to knitting them. I wouldn't be able to stop. Second, I recently discovered Call the Midwife on Netflix ... what a terrific show! It's fascinating that they picked an era that doesn't really get a lot of attention in film; what interests me is the switch from old school obstetrics to modern care and the rise of the NHS. Lastly, am I the only one who loves weaving in ends? I would have happily done your weaving of ends if you would do my seaming. ;)

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    1. Thanks Diana! I'm quite surprised, being an Anglophile, that you just now discovered Call the Midwife. You are in for a treat! Last year their Christmas special had more views than Downton Abbey's. You're right - that era gets very little attention which is part of what makes it so fascinating.

      To answer my question, yes, I think you are the only person who likes weaving in ends. I would make that job trade with you except for one small thing. I also hate seaming. :-)

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  10. Gorgeous knitting - all of it! I love that you put off weaving in the ends with more projects that would also need ends woven in. Its a gorgeous sweater, and I love that you picked the blue for Lucy.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Yes, knitting two pairs of booties that also needed ends woven in was fairly close to crazy. And it is a trick of the computer monitor - the sweater I knit for Lucy is actually purple! That trick has gotten me into trouble more than once when I have ordered yarn online and judged what I was getting by what I saw on my screen. Ha!

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  11. Oh my goodness Kristen , you are providing me with such beautiful knitting eye candy today. You are very talented, I think I would run quickly in the other direction if I had that many ends to sew in. I love your "saviour skein" and "avoidance project", I think those statements oare worthy of their own post.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Meredith! My version of running quickly in the other direction when I saw those ends was to start knitting booties. Which, unfortunately, also needed ends woven in. :-)

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  12. Looking firward to photos of Lucy in her fabulous new fair isle sweater and boots.....

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    1. I'll get some pictures of her wearing her booties when she is here for Christmas, Anne. The sweater pics will have to wait for next winter. I made it a toddler size so she could get two winters of wear out of it.

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  13. Those are so cute! I love the booties and the jumper.

    The universe knows the order in which things are to be done. You were not avoiding the jumper, you were simply doing them as they were intended to be done. Who are we to argue with the universe??? (My wife never buys this when I use it to justify not doing something) :D

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    1. I'm glad I was in alignment with the universe, Rick. :-)

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  14. I am ALL ABOUT avoidance projects right now, so I feel you! Beautiful sweaters and booties, and it looks like all the end-weaving was worth it!

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    1. Avoidance projects can be quite fulfilling! They tend to get finished, whereas those other kind just gather dust. :-)

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  15. Wonderful little sweater, Kristie! well worth the wait.

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    1. Thanks Shandy! Now I have more waiting until Lucy will actually fit into it. :-)

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  16. Your color work is always so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! How are things going with you? Have you moved into your new house yet?

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  17. Your booties are adorable and I love the jumper it does look la lot of work to finish it off!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It was worth the extra work - I think the jumper is going to look very cute on Lucy. :-)

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  18. Oh, those are SO beautiful, Kristie. I'm filled with admiration for your patience and skill. I've never tried Fair Isle type knitting but my few attempts at intarsia sent me screaming up the wall because of all the ends to be sewn in. Sigh....

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    1. Thanks! I'm laughing over your attempts at intarsia. In my vocabulary, intarsia is a swear word. I have only tried it once and it was a huge fail. It is one knitting technique I have no desire to ever try again. I admire the fact you attempted it more than once! :-)

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  19. Scrumptious knitting - all of it. I particularly like the pink and green booties - that is a colour combination that speaks to me.

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    1. Thank you, Jean! The pink and green ones are my favourite as well. I was knitting from scraps of washable wool from my stash, and since I don't use a lot of washable yarn I was sort of limited in what colours I had to work with.

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  20. The little sweater is beautiful Kristie! And well done on the mammoth end sewing in ... I come across a lot of people who think the few ends on my Demne baby jacket are too many ... you are clearly made of sterner stuff ;)

    And much peerie boot love from me ... they're gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks Annie! One of the great motivators when knitting for a baby or toddler is the fact they keep growing. Had that sweater been for me I fear it might have stayed stuffed in that project bag for months before I made myself face tidying up all the ends. :-)

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  21. Oh wow, what a lovely little sweater, but look at all those ends to weave in... I bow to your bravery.

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  22. Amazing colourwork indeed!
    Yes I think you may want to investigate weaving in the ends as you go. I want to learn that as well.
    Happy knitting!
    LisaRR

    http://techknitting.blogspot.ca/2010/04/working-in-ends-as-you-go-along-same.html
    http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2010/03/31/fair-isle-knitting-weaving-in-ends.aspx

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    1. Thanks for the link about weaving in the ends, Lisa! Much appreciated!

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  23. Hi Kristie. I am a newbie to your blog (catching up with older posts just now), coming over from Jennifer at thistlebear. I love Lucy's fair isle jumper and if you ever run out of yarn again, drop me a message, I live close to the source and a yarn shop that stocks J&S. I have yet to make a larger fair isle project, sticking with phone socks for now, fewer ends to weave in!

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    1. Hi Christina! Welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for your kind offer to help me get some J&S if I ever run out again. That is so nice of you! And thank you for the compliment on Lucy's jumper. I was so happy with how it turned out, and would never have thought of knitting it if I hadn't seen the sample at the shop when I was in Lerwick.

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  24. I know this is an older post Kristie, but I've only just discovered your blog. What beautiful knitting. I love the little booties! Knitting is not something I excel at. I quilt, crochet and cross stitch, but I love the Nordic look and you have done it beautifully in these items. I look forward to getting to know you better on line. BTW we have downloaded this year's call the midwife Christmas special which aired Boxing day in the UK but haven't watched it yet. Don't give up on Downton as season 4 is good. I felt the same after season 3, but I'm glad I watched 4

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    1. Thanks Julie, and welcome to my blog! Thanks for letting me know season 4 of Downton is worth watching. I've purchased the season through iTunes, but haven't watched the first two downloaded episodes because I was so put off by what happened last year. You have made me feel like I haven't wasted my money. :-)

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